Nine Lives Vest
During my recent weekend of selfish sewing, I was saved from my own tendency to rush by my Sew Confident 2012 thumb drive. Every year, Linda Lee at The Sewing Workshop issues a new Sew Confident thumb drive. They are amazingly helpful. With great photography, Linda walks you through the construction process for 5 or 6 of her patterns in multiple (and frequently tricky) fabrics.
As you can see, the Nine Lives Vest is a very simple pattern. It is the kind of project I am tempted to breeze through without reading the instructions. Not a good idea. Luckily, I remembered my thumb drive and followed it for each step. Even a simple garment needs to be well made.
I decided to add to the beauty of the vest by using fabric covered buttons and making bound buttonholes.
Linda recommends making this vest out of linen. I used a beefy batik instead. I will definitely use linen next time. The batik is a little too flow-y and loosely woven. As you can see in the photo of the back of the vest, it is asymmetrical. I worry that the flow-y-ness of the batik will make it look like I just didn't cut out the pattern correctly. I used some SewKeysE one-inch stay tape for the hem, hoping it would get stiffer, but I'm not sure it helped. Of course, SewKeysE stay tape is "extremely fine" meaning it should not add stiffness, I just thought I'd give it a try. Silly me.
I can't wait to make another Nine Lives Vest out of linen. It is so comfortable, and it adds fun to every-day outfits.